Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Harvest Time

Equal time has been given to the puppy n n kitty folkz, n now I can get on with my week...
Photo by SnaggleTooth
What a pretty 3-D Box-window pan-composition overlooking the backyard these folkz got.
You guessed it, another New Hamphire trip pic. There's more to post later along the blogway-
TG for time-off! MB came to town over the week-end to visit King Richard's Faire. I only got to say "Hi" To her n Little E for a moment, but she dropped off the mother-load of organic produce from the CSA farm her n J have a share in (she blogged it).
Am I so stuffed right now!
I haven't had this much fresh food to eat in ages. I made myself the greatest salad today. The greens were so needed. I've been lacking iron because of the national spinach-ban, E-coli problem. My energy level's been draggin without it. To buy all the ingredients separately that I ate today for a one-person meal would've cost a small fortune!
I'm in a cook-up race to fix or eat what'll go bad first. Usually I'm not ambitious enough after a work-shift to do much hand-food-prep work, so I'm tryin to get it all done before work-time again. It'll be easy n healthy eats all week this round...
Bon Appetite!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Hood Ornament

Photo by SnaggleTooth

I bet kitty Mischief thought
R2-D2 was there just to provide a perch for her above the sand-fleas to people-watch.

Lawn Ornament

Photo by SnaggleTooth

Nieces of the groom spent the morning playing with the puggle at their cousin's house in New Hamphire. They live in the City of Lynn, MA, which is North of Boston.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

New Pet Trend

Can you say puddle? I mean Puggle!

Young Oscar here was special-ordered from a breeder n flown-in from across the country. He was already 17 inches tall, n was expected to be of smaller stature. It was too late for returns or exchanges, tho, Cause my friends in New Hamphire had already fallen in fove with the very affectionate puppy.

The newly popular hybrid is a cross between a Pug n a Beagle.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Rattle, Shudder-Shudder-woo!

Today I signed over the old, dead, blue car which has been parked in the driveway too long to old-home friend Steve, who came by a few times this week. The plan is to use his new car trailer with a newly welded winch to haul it to the dump for scrap n split the money with me.
I do need the cash, but I have trouble parting with some stuff, due to the connections it has with people from my life who've passed on.
I nick-named it "R2-D2" because it shuddered n rattled inexplicably at odd times. I drove the little chevy myself for five years carting high-school n college kids, n people all over Timbucktoo before it became more parts-worn, n I found my truck.
My mother (now deceased) drove the 4-cylinder putt-putt for ten years before that, all over the USA for conventions n family visits, due to the great gas-mileage. The hard part for me is knowing it's the last new car my father ever bought, picked out for my mother, after six months of consumer report research back in the'80's- The infamous Cavalier (4-door) model.
When it was still legally on the road after spending bux fixing it n for ads, I had it up for sale for a couple hundred, n there were no takers! I would've driven it to the junk dealer myself, but at the time they were only paying 11 bux for that weight, n the taxi ride home cost 12! We didn't have a town-trolley then.
Finally it ran out of fuel to keep starting it every week, n the battery died, then it slowly deteriorated out there the past few winters in the snow. Everytime out the door I'd look at the old dolphin decal on the window n all the beach stickers on the back dash n get the warm, fuzzy, familar feelings of what it was like to have parents in the old days.
They always sold me their older cars, n I paid for every, single one.
Sometime Last year, Steve offered to help me get it moved, but his blazer trucks (3) started dropping like flies, then he got a great, new building job out of town n got tied up.
Finally his projects slowed down n scrap prices went back up over a hundred per ton due to the rising fuel prices and the wars overseas. So now Dad's old chevy may end up as amo or recycled goods in Afganistan, Korea or something similar. I find this a sad thought.
Just not getting to see it anymore will bother me for awhile, I bet. I went out there yesterday n scraped off the dolphin pic, n some of the beach stickers. Somehow, it'll be easier to watch it hauled away tomorrow without them.
Bye R2-D2, n thanks for the rides!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Photo by SnaggleTooth
More pics from the week-end for ya. They had alot of good blossoms left. This is the main building where the function room for the wedding reception was.

Photo by SnaggleTooth
Out the back of the reception place they have several decks n two pools overlooking the golf course with the Mountain view. I wanted to get in Mount Washington back there, but the haze n angle make it easier to see in person than in the pic here. Someday I'll have a telescopic lens again.

I didn't bring the bathing suit... notice no one was in the pool, either. It was so hot that day. This place is incredibly quiet! Everyone must've been at the Speedway watching NASCAR.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Location Is Everything

Here's a view down to Lake Winnepesaki from the Steele Hill location where I went to a wedding Saturday early evening. It was sunny n in the 80's all afternoon, just perfect for the out-door plan. I'd arrived a few hours early n enjoyed the quiet scene here before the party began.

Photo by SnaggleTooth

Photo by SnaggleToothHere's a wedding party waiting to begin in the middle of nowhere! Actually the green stuff belongs to the Golf Course (notice the yellow flag?).

Photo by SnaggleTooth
Here's a quick shot of the (laid-back) ceremony scene. The early evening low-angle sun made pics a bit difficult. When the couple returns from St. Martin I'm going to try to get a copy of the nifty n unusual Apache wedding vows they included.
Well, I'm wiped!
2 hours of sleep before the long drive home, then I found out I was mis-takenly scheduled to work tonight (instead of getting the requested day off).
So I rushed off to work n just got home... It's been a long-haul!
Better get those zzz's before they dissappear again. (*-y-a-w-n-*)!
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................. Apache Blessing

“Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years.
May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.”

“Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulties and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at one time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong.
In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives -- remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.”

Friday, September 15, 2006

Smooth Sailing

Photo by SnaggleTooth

I'm taking off in the truck for the White Mountains of New Hamphire for a wedding Saturday evening. It's at a resort up near Lake Winnepesaki, across from where Laconia is. Only about a 5-hour or so drive from here.
Thank Goodness the price of fuel began dropping again this week- what timing!
It'll be good to see all the old friends and kids again, should be a fun family party. Looks like the weather will be fair n warm for this one. I'll either sleep in the truck or at the cycle shop they got nearby. Just an over-nighter this time.
I'm still fighting with after-effects this flu-bug that knocked me for a loop this past week, but it's not going to keep me from my first field trip since last fall. The challenging part will be falling asleep early then waking up n driving during my normal sleep-time!
Have a good week-end in blogland without me!
Happy trails ...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Colder Outside n Warmer Inside

Last night at about 9:30 pm. on my day off, I got a phone call from a friend with a police scanner telling me my place of work had a fire! I listened to the communications over the phone for about a half-hour until I was satisfied that no one got hurt.

In particular I was wondering about my co-worker friend who'd just come back from vaca time off. Something has been screwy all week-end with the very large machine we both work on, n some of the orders never were produced because of these glitches for the first time since I started there. This place supplies our product daily to many stores on the Cape.
So my co-worker sent me an email today confirming that it was our machine that over-heated and burst into flames! Everyone got out OK, n damage wasn't too extensive due to the sprinkler system n the fact the building is concrete. They let people back into the building after it was aired out n inspected to clean-up.
So I wonder what I'll do when I go back in tomorrow- how long it'll take to fix the machine. You bet I'm going to be paying real, tight, attention to the warning signs this round!
Today I've had a bad stomache all day, don't even want my soup!

Monday, September 11, 2006

911 2006

Puter pic by Snaggletooth, 2001, arial twin-tower photo-map by Mapquest with a wavy U.S. flag overlay

Five short years,
n it all seems like just yesterday. There's no way to forget that knotted-pit in your gut the first time you saw (the footage) the tallest sky-towers collapse n realized the gravity of the situation, the thousands of lives lost.
I bought a VHS film "In Memorium, awhile back, n still have trouble watching it.
I missed three nights of sleep after that day, staying up to watch the media blitz, riveted to the set, letting it all sink in.
The way I thought about life was changed by that moment.

We can be very fragile in our existance. Evil humans can easily squish us in our complacent daily travels. Not one moment of our lives should be taken for granted.
Every single person deserves respect. Every, single life matters.

Bless all the souls who passed on 9-11-01

Sunday, September 10, 2006


I'm wishin I had time for fishin...

Photo by SnaggleTooth

Some folks on the pier in this pic didn't seem to be gettin many bites. I took this shot a couple weeks ago. Now that the summer folks are gone, I bet the fish are perkin up up there again. They like it quiet, too!

from http://the bostonchannel.com in May '05 When I went archive hunting for that Shark- pic from the Vineyard contest last summer '05, I couldn't find the post, or the link I may've mentioned, so here it is again, Proof that there are definately "One-bite fits all" sea critters in these waters. I remember the story was about how these dudes got in seven minutes late for the shark-fishing contest, so didn't win with this 25-foot Tiger-Shark monster.

Those jaws are five-feet wide!


I'm a little bit burnt out this week doing day 8 in a row at work, ugh! Tried to post the shark pic the other day but blogger was hungry n ate it again... Time off soon, but will be very busy getting ready for a trip to New Hamphire for a wedding next week-end. I haven't been away in about a year, n gotta fish for the travel gear, then clean it.


I'm an honorary member of their family. the groom was four when I met him as a neighbor. That first year he tried to axe my guitar for firewood. Luckily he lacked the strenghth to lift the long-handled axe, n the fender acoustic only sustained a minor chip-mark in the finish... ah, the good old days!


He turned out pretty good after all, now 28. I went to his brother's wedding up there last fall. Gotta love the fall folliage in the White mountains. Maybe it won't rain this time (the last one poured).


Wow, am I zonked- time to sleep again,

Have a good Sunday folks! (I'm workin it)!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Handicapped Parking

I'm actually having a better week-end than expected.
My idea of good is forced rest...

Photo on the village pier by Snaggle Tooth
My knee got smashed pretty bad on cement this week, n I showed everyone with the questioning expression why I was limping... looks pretty bad! So the boss took pity on me n gave me Sat n Sun off. I was so surprized! They do need me to cover a co-worker's vaca next week, n hours will be long.
I just hope I didn't do any permanent damage. Only time will tell. I'm trying not to run up doc bills if I don't have to - no insurance. I know about ice, heat, elevation, n compression treatment, hope it does the trick. I can stand, walk, n bend it, even have made several trips up n down the stairs (carefully of course) with groceries. So I'm certainly badly bruised, swollen, n scraped, but the joint is still functioning. The injury is slowing me way down, which I need, I guess, but just don't like. The knee is painful when moved some ways or touches things too.
It's a pretty cool day, overcast n windy, in the low 60's (F), n wearing pants is a challenge with the knee discomfort, but needed.
Ernesto is barreling through the East-coast states south of my area wreaking havoc with water levels in North Carolina, Virginia, n DC today. They've had some pretty dramatic flooding rains there.
We expect the rain to arrive after nightfall n throughout Sunday here. I'm grateful the storm's been down-graded to a tropical depression, not expected to cause damage in our area as a hurricane would.
Also Hurricane John on the West coast is leveling parts of Baja California in Mexico . I wish the residents of the California USA's coastline minimal damages from that storm this upcomimg week! I have old, childhood friends in the San Diego area right near the beach-
So most of the errands are done for the week, n today I'm loafing around with the leg elevated. Soaks are next, maybe I'll get chicken soup stewing soon, now that I have time for it, n not good BBQ weather.
King Richard's Faire outdoors in Carver begins this week-end. Those folks are gonna get soaked tomorrow! Also, I'd be a bit paraniod of the Triple-E mosquito threat were I to go there. A nine-year-old boy in next-door-town Middleboro died from the deadly disease this week. It's a scary situation, n I wonder how it'll affect Faire-goer traffic there this fall.
Cranberry workers will be taking a risk of the disease also.
Well, back to watching old movies from the collection.
(on Jurassic Park III now- love Spielberg films)
Hope everyone is enjoying some down-time,
... n the storms are kind to you!